25-year-old Freddie Gray from Baltimore man died Sunday, after an encounter with police that left him with a severed spine.
Freddie Gray was arrested for undisclosed reasons April 12 after fleeing police on foot. It was unclear when Gray’s injury occurred. His death was confirmed Sunday by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
William Murphy, a lawyer for Gray’s family, said Gray was healthy before the encounter and that cops chased him “without any evidence he committed a crime.”
“His take-down and arrest without probable cause occurred under a police video camera, which taped everything including the police dragging and throwing Freddy into a police vehicle while he screamed in pain,” Murphy said in a statement, adding that Gray’s spine was 80 percent severed at his neck while in police custody.
He said Gray “lapsed into a coma, died, was resuscitated, stayed in a coma and on Monday, underwent extensive surgery at Shock Trauma to save his life.” Gray clung to life for seven days before his death Sunday morning, Murphy added.
“We believe the police are keeping the circumstances of Freddie’s death secret until they develop a version of events that will absolve them of all responsibility,” Murphy said. “However, his family and the citizens of Baltimore deserve to know the real truth; and we will not stop until we get justice for Freddie.”